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7 alternatives to taking his last name after marriage

Do you think the tradition of taking his last name after marriage is a little outdated? Or perhaps he just has a really awful last name (Mr Brown, Seaman and Woodcock we’re looking at you). Here are some clever alternatives to taking his surname after marriage…

1. Double-barrelled
This is perhaps the most common alternative – instead of taking just his name, you can double barrel it with your own maiden name. He can do the same too and you’ll both sound delightfully well-to-do!

2. Merge your names
We love this idea! Instead of double-barrelling your names why not merge them together completely? For example Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could Mr and Mrs Polie or Jay Z and Beyoncé could be Mr & Mrs Znowles – okay so these aren’t the best examples, but it does work!

3. Make your maiden name your middle name
Want to change your name, but really love your maiden name and everything it means? Make it your middle name so you can still feel connected to your old family name.

4. Change your name, but keep your maiden name for your profession
Have you built up a fabulous career using your maiden name? You don’t have to change your last name everywhere. Change your name legally, but keep your maiden name for work purposes.

5. He takes your last name
It’s the 21st century so this idea really shouldn’t be that radical, but sadly it’s still pretty rare. If your last name means a lot to you and he isn’t really that fussed about his, this could be the perfect option for you both.

6. New name together
If your names really don’t go together and neither of you are that bothered about keeping your family names, why not come up with something completely new altogether? You can even go the whole hog and create a family crest!

7. Don’t bother
If you really love your last name, you don’t have to change it! Keep it and wear it with pride!


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